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First ever Halloween Gala in Ocean Shores
By Piper Leslie
Published: 10/11/18 Topics: Comments: 0
Ocean Shores North Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the first ever Halloween Gala Friday, October 26 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. Read more Leave comments
Washington State Chili Cookoff sends winner to World Food Championships
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 09/27/18 Topics: Comments: 0
Washington State Chili Cookoff 2018 will be Sunday, October 7 in Moclips. The winner will receive a Golden Ticket for entry into the World Food Championship in November 2018. Read more Leave comments
Remember When at the Heritage Fair 2018
By Lee Marriott
Published: 09/22/18 Topics: Comments: 0
We're happy to announce that the Fourth Annual Heritage Fair and Depot Project fund raiser is set for: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018, 4-8 pm AT QUINAULT BEACH RESORT & CASINO IN OCEAN SHORES Read more Leave comments
Green Lantern Lunch Program feeds Kids in the North Beach
By Phyllis Shaughnessy
Published: 09/01/18 Topics: Comments: 0
Volunteers feed kids throughout the North Beach on the Washington State coast. From Ocean Shores through Humptulips, lunches are provided to the children in their homes. Read more Leave comments
4K for Cancer Team Seattle bicycles into Moclips
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 08/01/18 Topics: Comments: 0
St. John's Chapel by the Sea PCUSA in Moclips hosts 4K for Cancer Team Seattle. This group of 27 bicyclists travels over 4,000 miles to fundraise for young adults with cancer. With three bicycling teams and three running teams traveling cross-country, collectively they have raised nearly $1,000,000 for cancer patients, scholarships and more. Read more Leave comments
Lavender Festival finds a home in Grays Harbor
By Cindy Stearns
Published: 07/15/18 Topics: Comments: 0
Drive out to Ocean Beach Road and experience the Lavender Festival at Dale's Lavender Farm. Vendors, music and, yes, lavender are there for you during this summer event. Read more Leave comments
OutlookOkanogan.com a new Vacation Rental Management Business.
By Elizabeth Rogers
Published: 07/09/18 Topics: Goldener Inns, Sunspots Vacation Rentals, Vacation Rentals, Vortex Managers Comments: 0
Outlook Okanogan Vacation Rentals Read more Leave comments
AtTheBlue.com at Blue Heron Resort
By Libby Rogers
Published: 04/22/18 Topics: Hood Canal, Timeshares, Vacation, Vacation Rentals Comments: 0
Yourshare.biz which offers resort and owner direct vacation rental bookings for timeshare properties announced today that it has opened a new website for the Blue Heron Condos on Washington State's pristine Hood Canal. Read more Leave comments
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Seaway Dance Hall at Copalis Beach Rocked Out
By Wm. May
Published: 03/01/17 Topics: Comments: 0
Just West of the Green Lantern Tavern in Copalis Beach Washington State is a very strange looking building where Rock and Roll reigned supreme in the 1960's.
Hundreds of thousands of Quonset huts were produced by the U.S. Military in World War Two, These prefabricated structures of galvanized steel were semicircular cross-selection looked like half of barrel looking upside down on the ground.
After the war, Quonset huts were sold as surplus to the public and a very large version ended up along side the road by the Pacific ocean where enterprising music lovers decided it would be a perfect venue for the hoards of teenagers who came to the beach each weekend.
Dubbed the Seaway Dance Hall, many young rock bands got their first serious gigs there and my group "The District Five" was one of them.
At the age of 15, we were made to feel like stars as the walls of the hut seemed to pulse and swell by guitar amps played far too loud and dancers who jumped, and yelled and screamed. We played a little better, played a little longer and glowed with the acceptance the crowds gave us as we were starting our musical careers.
Bigger name bands from Washington State and the Northwest also appeared including names that may be unfamiliar except by those who haunted the Seaway all summer long.
Bands like - The Beachcombers, Little Bill & The Bluenotes, The Candidos, The Chaotics (Sumner), The Chessmen, Dennis Wayne and the Cole Jets, The Epics, The Frantics, The Galaxies, The Intricates, Noblemen, Cymantha McGugin & The Cherry Frost , The Titans.
The Seaway also showed movies during the slow season, but the wise owner had put the chairs onto risers which could be rolled out of the building to clear the floor for dances which were only held in the months of June, July and August.
Today the building sits dark and quiet just waiting for a new generate of music lovers to rediscover what great music, salt air and a bunch of fun loving people can do to transform a humble Quonset hut into a musical Manson, at least for a while.
Author: Wm. May – Beach Lover, Plumbob Publishing
Blog #: 0517 – 03/01/17
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24 Miles of Canals at Ocean Shores
By William May
Published: 01/22/16 Topics: Ocean Shores WA Comments: 0
I know you’ve heard places referred to as the Venice of the north or the Venice of where ever but in the case of Ocean Shores, the comparison is apt. Here me out before you accuse me of hyperbole: when they were building a town out of this sand bar, they built in 24 miles of canals!
That’s 24 miles of canals in a town with a population of less than 6,000. There might be more miles of canals than roads downtown. So it’s not trite to call Ocean Shores the Venice of the West Coast.
Unlike Venice though, these canals aren’t crowded with oil slicks and boats! They’re slow moving pristine fresh water, despite the whole town being a peninsula between the ocean and a saltwater bay. That means you can tucker yourself on the ocean beach, either riding horses in the salty spray, or flying kites in the sand, and then the next day relax in a canoe for a mellow day on the canals.
Where did this canals come from? Well up until the 60’s there wasn’t much going on in Ocean Shores. Some farms and ranches here and there, mostly people that thought their ocean beach was the best kept secret in the world.
Soon or later, word got out about the seemingly endless dunes and beaches on the Washington coast, and the tourists came. Somebody had the bright idea of building world class nightclubs, and all of a sudden, the Hollywood jet set was partying it up in Ocean Shores!
But none of this has anything to do with the canals right? Well when you’re catering to celebrities that have been to all the fanciest places in the world, you’ve got to class the joint up a bit! Canals it was then, surely using Venice as the inspiration. But unlike Venice, Ocean Shores has roads too, so you don’t have to abide a nasally Italian tenor.
The canal system is centered around Duke Lake, which is a big long green body of water running north to south the whole length of the town. The Grand Canal runs parallel to Duke Lake, and many tributary canals flood out in all directions from the Grand Canal, with each smaller canal being the focal point of a residential cul-de-sac.
Don’t forget then, that even though the town is appropriately named Ocean Shores, and there is tons to do on the ocean beach, there is plenty to do on the bucolic Ocean Shores canals.
Author: William May, Oyhut Bay Vacation Rentals
Blog #: 0487 – 01/22/16
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Chim Chimney! What to Know on Chimney Sweeping
By William May
Published: 01/01/16 Topics: Vacation Rentals Comments: 0
It’s that time of year to curl up around a warm fire - New Years has just happened, the weathers getting a little chilly, maybe there’s a light dusting of snow on the lawn. You open the flue, light your kindling, and wait for the romantic crackling to start. But then you start wondering: when was the last time you got the chimney swept?! Read more Leave comments
Clammers Rejoice! Christmas Present from Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
By William May
Published: 12/16/15 Topics: Fishing Comments: 0
Pardon the triteness, but, a Christmas miracle is in the works! The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife may allow Razor Clamming on Copalis beach during the Christmas holiday. Read more Leave comments
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El Nino Looms; Don't Fret Too Much
By Taylor May
Published: 12/01/15 Topics: Comments: 1
A magazine For skiers, snowboarders and everything snow started in 1964 now an online source of with news, comments, articles, photos and videos. If you slide, visit our Website and join the email list to get instant mountain info year round. Read more Leave comments
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Special Insurance for My Condo or Vacation Home?
By April Klazema
Published: 07/01/15 Topics: Insurance, Property Management, Vacation Rentals Comments: 0
If the purpose of the vacation home is for personal use only, then a homeowner's insurance policy will be sufficient to cover the property. But if you rent your home to guests on a nightly, or week basis that insurance is insufficient. Read more Leave comments
State Gives Razor Clams the Boot
By William May
Published: 05/18/15 Topics: Fishing, Government, Ocean Shores WA Comments: 0
And just like that it was over.
This has been one of the best razor clam digging seasons in years. But Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife giveth and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife taketh away.
Today state shellfish managers announced, "Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels."
The result in cancellation of the two openings that were tentatively scheduled to start May 15 and May 22.
The culprit is domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. This is bad stuff which can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The Clams absorb the acid in their fat cells and can retain it even after the ocean is free of the stuff.
So if you dug any clams and froze, bottled or canned them it is now time to toss those critters in the trash and write it off to bad luck.
But there is good news. The phenomenon of domoic acid is nothing unusual. Clams have been going through this cycle forever. The waters will clear and razor clamming will resume again this autumn.
Until then we'll just have it switch over to greasy hamburgers and deep fried fish. Is it no wonder we all love Razors?
Author: William May – Razor Clammer, OceanShores.com
Blog #: 0396 – 05/18/15
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Velella Velella Attack Ocean Shores
By William May
Published: 04/15/15 Topics: Ocean Shores WA Comments: 0
Warmer ocean temperatures are causing a strange invader to migrate closer to the land and in the millions. When the wind blows in a certain direction, the jellyfish are blown off course and up onto the beach Read more Leave comments
Welcome to the New OceanShores.com
By William May
Published: 04/01/15 Topics: Ocean Shores WA, Vacation, Vacation Rentals Comments: 0
Since 1996, OceanShores.com has been the center of everything about the city of Ocean Shores and the North Beaches of Washington State. Now it is getting bigger better, and faster. Read more Leave comments
Razor Clams Season Announced Early.
By Emmalee David
Published: 10/17/14 Topics: Fishing, Ocean Shores WA, Westport WA Comments: 0
Fall weather got you down? The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has released tentative Razor Clam Digs. Consider this fall experience into your upcoming plans, the result will be delicious. Read more Leave comments
Fast efficient mobile websites for Vacation rentals
By William May
Published: 05/23/14 Topics: Comments: 0
It may not sound earth-shaking but Redstone Systems, creator of the HelpBook.me software has just added their evolutionary new mobile websites to our system. Check it on your mobile phone now. Read more Leave comments
Government Officials Driving Tourism Economy Away
By Ron Lee
Published: 06/01/12 Topics: Government Comments: 0
Tourism is a clean, responsible industry that brings in visitors anxious to shop, attend events, tour attractions, rent lodging, and pay the taxes that go with them. So why do local government officials want to drive away vacation rentals and turn away the easy spending guests who want them? Read more Leave comments
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